OnPAR – Online Partnership to Accelerate Research

OnPAR launched last March with the National Institute of Health to match high-scoring “unfunded applications” with non-government organizations. OnPAR with Dimensions covers all NIH and all grants mechanisms from fellowships, R01 (Basic Research) to SBRI/STTRs (Small Business Phase I/II).

The original idea was to collect highly scored unfunded applications and find non-gov organization open to review and potentially fund these projects.  OnPAR is now the  only platform providing a window into research projects that are not in the public domain – then, allowing organizations to find partners/assets but also de-risk their internal/external R&D and/or funding decisions. 

They are in the process of expanding to other US agencies, i.e., NSF, DoD, CMS, NASA, DOE, and others, and internationally, Canada (CIHR), UK (MRC), Australia (NHMR), EU Commission, Japan (AMED), Singapore A-STAR and others.

Here are some  publications about OnPAR:

  1. Science Translational Medicine Editorial  Funding unfunded NIH research applications
  2. Here is our latest publication from last week: “Funding Research Through the Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR)”, is now available in JACC: Basic to Translational Science. You can access the article by clicking on the following link: http://basictranslational.onlinejacc.org/content/1/6/536
  3. NIH blog from Mike Lauer - A Pilot Partnership to Find Private Support for Unfunded Applications